For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Norcross, Ga. – Following appeals from PETA and two PETA Asia undercover investigations into the use of captive monkeys who are kept chained and caged in Thailand’s coconut-picking industry, Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market has ended its sale of coconut milk from major producer Chaokoh.
“By dropping Chaokoh, Nam Dae Mun is joining thousands of retailers that refuse to profit from chained monkeys’ misery,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA exposés have confirmed that Thai coconut producers are exploiting monkeys and lying about it, so there’s no excuse for any grocery store to keep Chaokoh on its shelves.”
PETA Asia’s first investigation found cruelty to monkeys on every farm, at every monkey-training facility, and in every coconut-picking contest that used monkey labor. When not being forced to pick coconuts or perform in circus-style shows for tourists, the animals were kept tethered, chained to old tires, or confined to cages barely larger than their bodies. After a global outcry, the coconut industry claimed to have changed these practices—but PETA Asia’s second investigation found producers still using monkey labor and industry insiders discussing how farms conceal this practice by simply hiding monkeys until auditors leave or by hiring contractors to bring in monkeys only during harvest time.
Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market joins more than 26,000 other companies—including chains Target, Wegmans, Costco, Walgreens, Food Lion, and Stop & Shop—that have banned coconut milk brands that use coconuts picked by monkeys. PETA is now turning its attention to other retailers that still do business with Chaokoh, including Albertsons and Publix.
Photos from the most recent investigation are available here, and broadcast-quality footage is available upon request. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.